I used to be one of those expats who kept up with the news not only in the country I was living and/or working in, but also kept my ear to the ground about issues pertaining to my home country. I got google alerts, checked Al Jazeera and All Africa, and actually read my New York Times updates rather than just skimming the headlines before deleting. What happened? Now I read chick lit and prefer not to contemplate the debt crisis America is facing. Is it that I don't care anymore? I don't think it's that; I am about to start a new job taking testimonies of refugees and writing case histories in order to help them get resettled in the States. I do still care about human rights issues; I am just not motivated to read or hear about it at the moment. Am I burnt out from too much genocide literature and in some sort of post-graduation rebellion stage? Or am I turning into one of those people who lives in a bubble, oblivious to the issues around me? Dear God, I hope not. How do you combat boredom with current affairs? I need suggestions to get me out of my self-imposed media exile.